18.04.2020 Roma - Città del Vaticano
Comunicato della Congregazione per le Chiese Orientali
As many brothers and sisters of the Eastern Churches are celebrating the Sacred Triduum of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord and on the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy, the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has set up the Fondo Emergenza CEC, an emergency fund responding to the invitation of the Holy Father not to abandon the suffering, especially the poorest, in facing the global crisis caused by the pandemic Covid-19. Thanks to the active collaboration of the CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) – PMP (Pontifical Mission for Palestine) central offices both in New York and in Canada, as well as their local offices, and in constant connection with the other Agencies that compose the ROACO (Riunione Opere Aiuto Chiese Orientali), it is possible to support some relief efforts, also drawing on the Collection for the Holy Land, postponed this year to Sunday 13 September, which normally guarantees subsidies for the life of the Churches in the East. The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development and the General Secretariat of Caritas Internationalis will be kept informed of every intervention. In concrete, thanks to the suggestions of the Apostolic Nunciatures, it was decided immediately to guarantee the following donations in the name of the Holy Father:
- SYRIA: 10 ventilators, in collaboration with AVSI, to be shared in the three structures for which the project “Open Hospitals” continues
- HOLY LAND: 3 ventilators for St Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem, the purchase and supply of diagnostic kits for Gaza and an extraordinary contribution for the work of the Holy Family Hospital at Bethlehem.
Other suggestions coming from other countries are being studied. Despite the economic uncertainty, the Congregation will assure the aid it annually sends to schools and Catholic universities, as well as assistance to the displaced in Syria and Iraq and the refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, likewise in collaboration with the Catholic Agencies that form part of ROACO. Let us all pray God the Father to free us from the evils afflicting humanity, as we join in acts of genuine solidarity and brotherly love.
13.06.2019 Roma - Città del Vaticano
OSSERVATORE ROMANO: "Il Cardinale Sandri all’apertura della 92° assemblea generale della Roaco - Nuova speranza per l’Iraq"
Pagina 7 dell'edizione odierna: Link al PDF dell'edizione digitale
10.06.2019 Roma - Città del Vaticano
COMUNICATO STAMPA DELLA CONGREGAZIONE PER LE CHIESE ORIENTALI: 92ma ASSEMBLEA PLENARIA DELLA ROACO
(Riunione Opere Aiuto Chiese Orientali) Link al PDF e WORD del comunicato
Historical Panorama of R.O.A.C.O.
(Riunione delle Opere per l’Aiuto alle Chiese Orientali)
The Holy Father John Paul II in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen under the heading “Meeting one another, getting to know one another, working together” expresses the voice of the Church about how to apply the three verbs: “The communities of the West are ready to encourage in every way the intensification of this ministry of diakonia, making available to such [Eastern] Churches the experience acquired in the years when charity was more freely exercised. Woe to us if the abundance of some were to produce the humiliation of others or a sterile and scandalous rivalry. On their part, Western communities will make it their duty above all to share, where possible, service projects with their brothers and sisters in the Churches of the East, or to assist in bringing to successful conclusion all that the latter are doing to help their people. In any case, in territories where both are present, the Western communities will never show an attitude which could appear disrespectful of the exhausting efforts which the Churches of the East are making, efforts which are all the more to their credit, given the precariousness of the resources available to them..................." To read more download the PDF